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#11 KevinUK


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Posted 25 June 2013 - 04:57 PM

I'm voting WICKED too.

Story: who hasn't felt like the odd one out, the outsider? Who hasn't felt they need to stand up for what they believe in? I love this story - odd girl meets charming, handsome, popular man and he ends up loving her for her. Surely a modern day fairytale right there.

Humour: who doesn't love a self centred, blonde airhead who values position and popularity above all else? Glinda (silent 'gar') is an intentional unintentionally funny character that you can't help but fall in love with. I'm sure she was annoying, but who wouldn't want a friend like that?

Score: modern classic. Defying Gravity is this generations I Dreamed A Dream. This score has everything you could need from a musical.

Commercialism: huge fandom. Big sales. International. Film in the works. Producers bank balance is as green as the witch.
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Posted 25 June 2013 - 05:58 PM

West Side Story again from me.
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Posted 25 June 2013 - 06:15 PM

I don't think there is any other musical (or piece of art for me) that sums up what it is that makes us human as effectively as West Side Story.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 06:20 PM

Going by the criteria it has to be Hairspray
(: but Chess is better :)
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Posted 25 June 2013 - 09:51 PM

How I would also love to vote for Chess but have never seen a production that really nailed it. I adore the score though!

So my actual vote is My Fair Lady. A stunning script, untouchable songs and a fabulous story. It is a perfectly structured misical with just the right amount of fun and lightness whilst packing an almighty great emotional punch. everything about it is just right. I think the Nationals production in 2001 was the most stunning evening of musical theatre I have ever been to.  The acting was stunning and the choreography was perfect.

The fact that the recent production at Sheffield can be even mentioned in the same sentence shows how great that was too.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 10:16 PM

Well I will be the first to vote for Sweeney Todd - epic and intimate, resolutely theatrical, moving, terrifying, witty, sexy, shocking, clever, imaginative, great characters, and one of the best list songs ever in Have a Little Priest.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 10:56 PM

A few years ago I would have said there were three unparalleled musicals, being West Side Story, My Fair Lady and the thus far unmentioned Company, but since listening to Guys and Dolls more I’d say there are four and if I’m feeling in a good mood five with Me and my Girl.  However, if I had to nominate just one it’d be My Fair Lady, which is as close to a perfect piece as I can think and even several duff amateur productions haven’t been able to kill it off.

Story – it’s Bernard Shaw, and I’ve long defended this ‘happy’ ending against the parting of the characters in Pygmalion (Bernard Shaw wrote an appendix about why they’d never be together): it’s not romantic (though I saw a production which ended with them literally walking off into the sunset), it’s a sense of need both of them have, a mutual respect, admiration, perhaps tipping on love…

Humour – it’s Bernard Shaw.

Showstoppers – Higgins’ vocal dexterity, glorious cockerney knees-ups, I Could Have Danced All Night and On The Street Where You Live.

Commercial – it normally doesn’t do bad business, does it, and I’ve seen it performed in sold out amateur locations.  And it proves nothing but the film won a lot of Oscars.

I feel very upset at not nominating West Side Story or Company, though.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 11:12 PM

Seconding Sweeney Todd, ticks all the boxes for me

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 10:03 AM

I'm going to echo those saying Les Miserables and Sweeney Todd
Both are absolute perfection!
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Posted 26 June 2013 - 10:12 AM

My vote goes to Les Miserables as well. The show is a masterpiece in my opinion.

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